Our first priority area has been to address the unique economic and social barriers that young African American and East African men face in Seattle. Our team has worked with the community and key stakeholders to understand these issues and identify specific challenges of inequity we could address.
Through conversations with dozens of young men, service providers, and mentors, we discovered that relationships played a critical role in creating the mindset needed to become gainfully employed. We also discovered that when it came to Seattle’s career pipelines, there was an opportunity to increase the focus on cultivating these relationships.
Job opportunities abound in Seattle, particularly in the tech sector. To ensure all members of the Seattle community have an opportunity to share in the City’s growing prosperity, we also saw a need to partner with employers and public sector stakeholders to create workforce development strategies that increase access, diversity, and inclusion in the tech sector.
This led us to the idea of creating a career exploration and mentoring program where young men would have an opportunity to visit tech companies, be introduced to working professionals and the types of projects they work on, and receive soft-skills training in networking and relationship building. We are hoping to exponentially grow the social capital of young black men and their interest in pursuing a career in tech.
Sponsors: Innovation Team
Owners: Innovation Team